The Bloodhound team use their Army training and experience to provide specialist engineering and management skills to the Bloodhound SSC team, which is vital to the success of the project. Each team member stays with the project for six to nine months.
As professional engineers, REME soldiers possess a range of skills from Avionics Technicians servicing Apache Helicopters, to Vehicle Mechanics repairing vehicles, to Electronic Technicians climbing masts to maintain optical systems.
The soldiers have built switch components in Bloodhound’s cockpit; machinists have created bearings, bushes and plates; vehicle mechanics have built specialist equipment in support of the car, including the rocket fuel trailers; engineers have designed and built electronic safety systems and fuel pumping systems to name just a few vital components.
The Bloodhound project’s main objectives:
- Inspire the next generation about science, technology, engineering and mathematics
- Share an iconic research and development programme with a global audience
- Set a new World Land Speed Record of 1000 mph
The car itself weighs 7.5 tonnes and will be powered by a Rolls Royce EJ200 jet engine with 135,000 bhp. It will be driven by Andy Green, a pilot in the RAF, who aims to take it to a thousand miles an hour at Hakskeenpan in South Africa in 2016.
Education and STEM
The Army has trained 100 soldiers as part of a volunteer force of Educational Ambassadors to take the 1,000 mph car’s cutting edge technology into schools. REME soldiers have been visiting schools across the UK in support of Bloodhound’s professional educators, with the aim of giving each child a lesson in Bloodhound.
Bloodhound SSC will make its world debut on 17 November 2015 with a 200mph trial at Newquay Aerohub, Cornwall.
That will be followed by high-speed testing in Hakskeenpan, South Africa, in summer 2016, when weather conditions will be optimal. The results from the summer 2016 tests will inform the Project’s ultimate speed goal of setting a new World Land Speed Record of 1,000mph.